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Cleopatra And The Society of Architects


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  • Cleopatra and the Society of Architects is suitable for 3 to 5 players
  • ages 10 and up
  • playing time 60 minutes. Ranked #290 on www.BoardGameGeek.com
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 3 x 12 inches ; 4.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000EMJAGE
  • Item model number: DOW7501
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,846 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Cleopatra & the Society of Architects is a fun and engaging family game unlike any you've played before.Inside you will find a three-dimensional palace that you race to build against your fellow players. Corrupt officials and building materials of dubious origin may help you stay ahead, but beware: the price of corruption is sure to be high!

Customer Reviews

It was very easy to figure out how to play the game.
Amazon Customer
I definitely recommend it if you play any of theses games: Settlers of Catan, Agricola, Puerto Rico, or Shadows over Camelot.
Kristoni
I love Days of Wonder Games, it seems like you can never go wrong when you buy a Days of Wonder Game.
M. Little

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brian S. on October 11, 2006
Cleopatra is, in a quick overview, a game that focusing on trying to acquire enough good points to win without acquiring enough bad points (which may cause you to lose even if you had the most good points). It's for 3 or more people, but there is a variation on the Days of Wonder website for 2 people.

In Cleopatra, you draw cards from a marketplace and use them as resources, much like Settlers of Catan or railcards in Ticket to Ride. With the resources, you can build several different portions of Cleopatra's Temple. For building the pieces, you get various amounts of good points (called Talents). At the end of the game the person with the most Talents wins. Unless...

The "unless" is if you have the most bad points (called corruption amulets) then you lose. You gain these amulets by taking various shortcuts. The number of amulets you have is also secret, so the game is a balancing act of taking shortcuts to get ahead, but not taking too many such that you end up being the person with the most amulets.

The game also involves other various strategic elements. Of the different Temple pieces you can build, there are bonuses that allow for some strategy in choosing what to build and when. There are also a few cards mixed in with the resources that allow you to do something special (lost amulets, take a discarded card, charge other players resources, etc.) at some cost (usually you gain amulets). There is also an event that may occur at some point in the game in which all players bid their talons (good points) secretly, and whoever bids the most loses several amulets while everyone else gains amulets (whoever bid the second-most talons gains one or two, the next gains two or three, the next three or four, etc.).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristoni on March 11, 2009
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This is one of the best games that we've played. All of our friends who have played it instantly become addicted. It's also great because it's shorter than most of the others ranging from 1 hr-1 1/2 hrs. I definitely recommend it if you play any of theses games: Settlers of Catan, Agricola, Puerto Rico, or Shadows over Camelot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marc Quattromani on January 2, 2011
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Not the best of the Days of Wonders games but made to their high materials standards and a respectable later addition to the game library. Game play is fairly fast and the concept of trading off short cuts that involve poor quality materials and workmanship is interesting. Players are trying to be the second most corrupt builder in the game (the first gets thrown to the crocodiles) which is an interesting game dynamic. The games are less than an hour once you know the system.

Overall, it's a fun game but one that does not stand out compared to "Ticket to Ride" or "Small World", also by the same company.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GamePlayer30 on September 16, 2009
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All of Days of Wonder's Games are good if not great. This game is sort of like Ticket to ride. In ticket to ride you use cards to buy trains, but in Cleopatra you use cards to buy pieces of a temple to complete. There are other twist to it, but that is the core mechanism. Buy it now!
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By L. Moyse on July 15, 2014
I really enjoy playing this game, great for family time.
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as above.... Can make do but not what I ordered, slightly disappointed but overall a great game, happy for it to be in my collection
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The easiest way to explain this game is to compare it to Settlers of Catan, but without the trading. Each player will be collecting resource cards, although in this case the mechanism is choosing a pile of cards from the market, rather than rolling dice (Catan). Then you build components of the temple to earn "talents" (rather than settlemens, cities, and roads). There are special cards that either have bonus resources, or special abilities, but in almost every case you will acquire corruption for using them. Corruption may help you build fast, and collect the most "talents", but whoever is the most corrupted at the end of the game is thrown to the crocs by Cleopatra. There are only a couple ways to get rid of your corruption, so you definitely need manage your corruption and keep an eye on the other players.

I'd only recently realized the similarity between Catan and Cleopatra because we've been playing Catan a lot lately. The games are pretty comparable in terms of difficulty. The big difference? Cleopatra is gorgeously produced! Across the board the components are better than Catan in every respect. Artwork -- check. Durability -- check. Storage and packaging -- double check (this game has pretty much has some of the best packaging I've seen. The quarry and most of the temple components lift right out and are ready for play with no fuss.)

Due to the corruption game mechanic, this game clearly plays better with 5 people than with 3. With more players it's harder to know who's likely to be most corrupted, or who's most likely got the most talents, and that makes the game more interesting.

Not sure if this game is still in print, but if you can get your hands on it, you should! You can't have my copy.

This game is such eye candy! You build the temple while you play! It attracts attention when you play it. Great concept.

Definitely recommend!
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